High School Musical 3
This was a great movie, especially if you enjoyed High School Musical 1 & 2. Depending on your expectations, it could be the best or the worst of the three, but i would tend to say it is the best. High School Musical 1 Focused on being okay with yourself outside of the high school cliques. High School Musical 2 focused on loyalty and friendships. High school Musical 3 focuses on the pressures of friendship, relationships, and graduation. The plot centres around the seniors at East High school. The beginning is a bit different from the other two and sets the tone for the whole movie. It is a pretty intense beginning, as the Wildcats are losing the state championship basketball game going into half time. Coach Bolton, says something along the lines of, “This is your last 16 minutes on the court, make them count.” Then the music begins…
Back in school Gabriella & Troy convince the group to perform in the last school musical which is supposed to depict the adventures of their last year of high school including prom, romance, wanting more, etc. The rest of the movie continues with this theme of growing up, making the most of your senior year of high school, what to do with high school romance as you graduate, and the inner struggle of choosing your future college and major.
It is basically the same cast as the first two movies (Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale, Lucas Grabeel, Corbin Bleu, and Monique Coleman), just a little bit older. A few new characters are also added into this film to bring new drama and comedy.
High School Musical 3 was still true to the High School Musical idea, but it dealt more with the serious issues and inner turmoil of high school romance and the worries that accompany graduating than the first two. The dancing, soundtrack, and acting were top quality. Since High School Musical was the first, it will always be known as the classic. High School Musical 2 had its bright moments, but High School Musical 3 really dug into some real issues and also brought out some top quality music. The music was a little less disney and more radio worthy compared to the other two soundtracks.
If you are a cynical realist, then don’t waste your time on this movie. If you enjoy musicals or enjoyed high school, you will really enjoy and relate to this movie. If you don’t mind cheesy and you just want a pick me up movie with some fun music and dancing, than this is the movie for you.
Reviewed by: Brent Dongell.
Duration: 101 mins.
Genre: Tween, Musical, Kids, Family.
Director: Kenny Ortega.
Actors: Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale, Lucas Grabeel Corbin Bleu and Monique Coleman.
Release Date: Now showing.